Cavatappi pasta recipes usually take a little while to make, just a heads up. The good news is it’s worth it and the overall prep is pretty simple if you’ve made other Italian dishes.
Let’s take a look at everything you need to put this thing together and have a great dinner.
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|Cookware||Tablespoon/teaspoon measuring spoons||Amazon|
|Cookware||Measuring cups – at least a 1 cup and 1/2 cup||Amazon|
|Cookware||Pyrex measuring cup for liquids||Amazon|
|Cookware||Mixing spoon for cooking pasta||Amazon|
|Ingredient||1 (16-ounce) package of cavatappi pasta||Store|
|Ingredient||1 tbsp canola oil||Store|
|Ingredient||3 tbsp’s fresh parsley||Store|
|Ingredient||2 cups chopped onion||Store|
|Ingredient||1 tbsp chopped basil||Store|
|Ingredient||1 tbsp chopped thyme||Store|
|Ingredient||1 LB ground Italian sausage||Store|
|Ingredient||1 teaspoon iodized salt||Store|
|Ingredient||2 jars red sauce, 24 ounces each||Store|
|Ingredient||1 cup half and half||Store|
|Ingredient||2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese||Store|
|Ingredient||2 tablespoons minced garlic||Store|
|Ingredient||1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese||Store|
|Ingredient||8 ounces of white mushrooms, chopped up||Store|
Let’s start off the cavatappi pasta recipe by cooking the noodles. You’ll be able to work on the other stuff while they boil. Fill up the pot with about 6 quarts of water.
Turn the burner on high, it’ll take a while to heat up. In the meantime, you’ll almost be able to prep everything for this cavatappi pasta recipe.
Following that, rinse your parsley in a mesh strainer.
Measure out 3 tablespoons of that and set it aside in a bowl. I also used a paper towel to get rid of most of the moisture before chopping it up.
Chop it up with a large kitchen knife on a cutting board.
Really get it chopped up good and then grab your basil.
Chopped that up after washing it and throw a tablespoon of it into the same bowl as the parsley.
Once that’s taken care of, get your thyme for this part of the cavatappi pasta recipe.
Wash that, too, and tear off enough of those little pieces for 1 tablespoon of them. Throw them into the bowl with the other greens.
Next, grab your minced garlic and measure 2 tablespoons of that into the bowl with the greens.
Greens n’ garlic for the cavatappi pasta recipe
Next, take the white mushrooms and wash those off before chopping them up. I also dried them off with a paper towel before chopping.
Chop those bad boys up and set them aside with the greens. I needed another bowl for overflow.
Once that stuff’s ready, it’ll probably be about time to put your noodles into the pot if the water’s boiling.
Once the pasta’s boiling (it’ll take about 10 minutes to cook, stir it frequently) start chopping your onions.
Chop up two cups of onions and grab 1 lb of mild Italian sausage for this part of the cavatappi pasta recipe.
Following that, grab a large skillet. It’s gotta be really big, mine barely held everything in there.
Throw in 1 tablespoon of canola oil and turn the heat to medium-high. Throw in your onions and the Italian sausage.
That’ll take about 10 minutes to cook. Work the onions and sausage around with a spatula so everything cooks evenly. Then, put teaspoon of iodized salt in with the greens/mushrooms.
Throw all the greens/mushrooms into the skillet after about 10 minutes of the onions and meat cooking.
Lower heat to somewhere in the medium-low range and let the additional ingredients cook for another 10 minutes, moving it them periodically with the spatula. The kitchen should be starting to smell pretty good by now.
Once about 10 minutes has gone by, get the sauce and half/half for this part of the cavatappi pasta recipe.
Pour the pasta into the skillet with the meat mixture.
Pour the half and half in there, too.
Once that’s in there, carefully mix everything around for this part of the cavatappi pasta recipe. Be careful not to spill it over the sides. You can cut the heat after letting it simmer for a few minutes.
Once your noodles have been drained in a colander (not pictured) put them back into the large pot, then set your pot in the sink and pour the meat sauce into the pot with the noodles. Be very careful at this part.
Mix the meat in with the cavatappi pasta noodles, be careful not to splash anything over the sides. Then, grab two baking dishes and start putting the pasta in them.
Once the pasta is in each one like the picture below, grab your cheeses.
Spread 1 cup of mozzarella cheese on each baking dish and try to cover all the cavatappi pasta noodles.
Once that’s done, cover each baking dish with cling wrap and refrigerate for a few hours or over night.
When you’re ready to cook, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and bake this dish (uncovered, take the plastic off!) for 30 minutes. Once it’s done, let it cool for a few minutes before serving.
One more up-close shot of the baking dish:
A shot of this cavatappi pasta recipe in the bowl:
So, there is it, a cavatappi pasta recipe. Hope you enjoy it. There’s enough to feed an army, or, like, maybe 6 people with appetites.
Notecard version of recipe
Cavatappi Pasta Recipe That's Really GoodCourse: DinnerCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Medium
1 pound of cavatappi pasta noodles
1 tbsp canola oil
3 tbsp fresh parsley
2 cups chopped onion
1 tbsp chopped basil
1 tbsp chopped thyme
1 LB ground Italian sausage
1 teaspoon iodized salt
2 jars red sauce, 24 ounces each
1 cup half and half
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
8 ounces of white mushrooms, chopped up
- Boil pasta, this takes about 10 minutes although it will take a while for the water to start boiling.
- Saute sausage/onions in the large skillet, put 1 tbsp of canola oil in first. Do this for 10 minutes at medium-high heat.
- Add mushrooms, garlic, herbs, and salt to skillet. Cook for 10 more minutes at medium-low heat.
- Add pasta sauce and half/half to skillet, let simmer, mixing it all together.
- Drain pasta noodles in a colander once they're done, then put the noodles back into the pot they were cooked in. Set the pot in the sink and pour the meatsauce into the pot from the skillet. Mix everything around in the pot.
- Transfer the cavatappi to two baking dishes (unless you have one huge one) and spread 1 cup of mozzarella and 1/4 cup of parmesan on each one.
- Cover each dish with cling wrap and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight.
- When you're ready to make it, bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, uncovered. Let cool for a minute or two before serving.
- Full calorie calculation at the end of the article.
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|1 LB of noodles||1600|
|1 LB of Italian sausage||1570|
|Mozzarella – 2 cups||640|
|1/2 cup of parmesan||240|
|Calories per serving (rounded)||388|